Renato @ Florida; I bought and started learning to play guitar about two years ago, a bit late in life (I am 39). Still a beginner, but motivated and inspired by Fil and other 'bedroom rockers'.
I've been posting a few videos here and sound bites on soundcloud, as sort of a logbook with snippets of how my playing (hopefully) evolves, and it may help inspire others who love music to take an instrument, practice, play, and have fun.
To contact me by email, my gmail.com username is the same as my username here.
Devil'Fingers"Posted at 20:47h, 06 June
Great Renato, great!!!
Your playing is becoming flawless. You encourage me more and more to post my own video with playing!!!
rjofigPosted at 21:16h, 06 June
Thank you, sir, I always appreciate your encouragement 🙂
I hope you decide to post your video, I’m looking forward to watching it!
AntPosted at 13:32h, 03 June
Yet another great improvment Renato!!!! 🙂 Great cover!
Keep it up and you will make the grade! lol ^^
do you find it easier now to cover your previous songs like HtH?
i love this site! so much passion and freindly chaps!
rjofigPosted at 14:29h, 03 June
Thank you much, Ant!
It’s great that you can notice an improvement 🙂 I’m with you – friendly chaps and a positive atmosphere, it’s great, for me it’s always pretty encouraging to get any sort of feedback. So, really, thanks for taking the time to watch and comment!
I find it easier to cover now, yes; even going back to play songs I haven’t played in a while, like HtH, they flow better and with less effort. But it still takes me several attempts to get it to the point where there are not many mistakes, so still a long way to go in terms of consistency. The good thing is, I don’t stress about it anymore. It’s a simple message that took me a while to internalize – relax, keep practicing and playing, and you do improve, bit by bit, at your own pace.
AntPosted at 16:56h, 03 June
You should try playing standing up, when i got to your stage this is what i started doing 🙂
yep relaxing and let your body play from memory rather than thinking what chord or note to do next is the key for me ^^ almost like it becomes natural to play it
it still takes several attemps for me to get a good take too 😛
i only found out the other day that i had to adjust the tune-o-matic bridge after chaging my strings for the guitar to stay in tune further down the neck lol
Keep on rocking!! 🙂 \../
rjofigPosted at 17:30h, 03 June
Yeah, I need to push myself to play more standing up; the only thing I’m unhappy with my Epiphone guitar right now though, it’s too neck-heavy, it’s not comfortable. Oh well I need to bite the bullet and get used to it 🙂
AntPosted at 22:53h, 03 June
I have my guitar just above my belt or waist wen standing and my right hand palm is resting on the bridge but not touching the strings, my neck drops a bit to but my guitar in general is quite heavy 😛 its a epiphone les paul solid body
i would love an SG i just need the monies lol, i will be selling my clavinova piano at some point to help pay for one 😛
rjofigPosted at 15:14h, 04 June
banane has both Gibson and Epiphone SGs and has weighed then, there’s a noticeable difference. I’ve heard the Les Pauls are heavier but never tried one myself. I’m also looking forward to getting a Gibson SG. Maybe as a gift when I turn 40, it’s coming soon and is a good excuse 🙂
rugsterPosted at 17:27h, 04 June
Oh to be 40 again, I can just about remember it 🙂
Yes les pauls are noticeably heavier, particularly the older unchambered ones. My daughter has a pink (dont laugh) les Paul copy and its damn heavy. They also seem to fit more comfortably lower slung, think of nearly all les Paul players- they are sometimes round their knees. Looks cool but Much harder to play.
AntPosted at 23:35h, 04 June
she wil be a rock legend 🙂
i can just about duck walk with mine ^^
bananePosted at 08:10h, 06 June
Hey Renato, your 40th is coming soon? You look like you’re in the mid of the 30s 🙂 Well, then lets hope you’ll get your SG then 🙂
Probably it’s a good thing to give her a good setup in a guitar store then. I’ve read several times that new Gibson guitars come with a rather basic setup from the factory, rather high action and things. I experimented a lot with mine to get a lower action and I even filed the nut slots a little bit wider because the strings got stuck in them. But looking back at all this it would have been better to give it to a shop for a proper setup.
rjofigPosted at 16:08h, 06 June
Heh, I’ve always look younger than I am. Didn’t like that when I was younger; now, it’s all good 🙂
I haven’t taken my Epiphone to a shop for a setup as I figured a setup could end up costing half of the price… I think I got lucky with it too, it didn’t need much (or maybe it does and I don’t know what I’m missing 🙂
bananePosted at 21:00h, 06 June
Yes, for the Epiphone its surely right. A setup would take probably an hour, that would be around 100 euros or so here, including taxes. And beside this, if you are happy with her, there’s no need to “repair” her then 🙂
So when will you join us at “Generation 40 plus”? This year? 🙂
rjofigPosted at 21:11h, 06 June
Right, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it 🙂
I have about two months left before the odometer turns 🙂
bananePosted at 08:10h, 07 June
Ah, I see. Enjoy your last 2 months being “young”, lol 🙂 No, really, turning 40 didnt change anything for me, its just a number 🙂
Do you already know which SG you’ll get then?
And btw, playing standing up is really a great thing, much more fun to play. I use to learn new things while sitting, but as soon as I reasonably know them, I try to play them standing. You will surely love it too.
I’m turning 41 in December, don’t have an idea yet what I will give myself 🙂
rjofigPosted at 14:48h, 07 June
It doesn’t change anything but it’s an excuse, isn’t it? And, 41 is a prime number, there’s your excuse 🙂
I don’t know which one I’ll get (nor when, it may be a belated gift). I am considering a new SG, black; maybe the 50th anniversary one.
bananePosted at 15:02h, 07 June
Yeah, right, its especially an excuse for buying midlife crisis class toys, hehe 🙂
Good idea for the 41, and after that comes 42 which brings a new excuse with itself 🙂
Well then, you surely will like it then…believe me, unpacking the first real gibson is a special moment 🙂
Mate, if we were living at the same place I would make sure you’ll unpack a pink Stratocaster first before the real thing, hehe 😀
matirockerPosted at 02:04h, 03 June
what a great track, it doesn’t get the credit it deserves… many people hate it… I love it, just pure blues fun!!!!
bananePosted at 07:53h, 03 June
Yes, thats true. It’s a great song indeed.
rjofigPosted at 12:25h, 03 June
Thank you, mati!
I don’t think there’s any bon scott era song I don’t like 🙂 This one I think is also a good one for beginner players to practice – as you say, it’s pretty straight blues.
RyleyPosted at 14:49h, 02 June
sounds great! keep it up 🙂
rjofigPosted at 16:27h, 02 June
Thanks for the comment, Ryley!
bananePosted at 13:27h, 02 June
Great playing again, Renato! Must say that I admire your practising discipline, every video of you shows a good step further!
rjofigPosted at 14:59h, 02 June
Thank you, Franz. I can’t say if I’m disciplined but I try to practice as much as a I can 🙂 Cheers
bananePosted at 07:54h, 03 June
Yeah, probably that’s what I mean. How did you learn it? Tabs or just by ear?
rjofigPosted at 12:51h, 03 June
I guess what I mean by that is, a lot of my practice is unstructured, like unplugged when watching TV with my wife in the evening 🙂
The rhythm part of this song, I remember one of Fil’s early YouTube tutorials where he covered it. The solo, mostly by ear – slowing the tempo down in GR4 helps enormously. Nowadays, at least for AC/DC, I tend to look at most tabs as an approximation to glance at and get a hint or two from, but then try to find my own way of playing it, especially with fingering.
rugsterPosted at 13:04h, 02 June
Great job again Renato. Love that song, haven’t heard it in a while. Well played & nice tone too 🙂
rjofigPosted at 14:57h, 02 June
HycePosted at 06:22h, 02 June
Excellent rhythm playing man! Great tune, I love to play it. I must say, I’ve learned from you on those pickup bits where it changes from D to G. The solo was pretty darn good too, just work on the vibrato, it helps make the notes feel more natural.
rjofigPosted at 12:22h, 02 June
Thank you, Mark!
Yeah, vibrato is the secret sauce I’m still getting the hang of 🙂 Timing in the first solo is also a bit off – good thing about recording oneself is you can spot these things and work on them.
rjofigPosted at 05:24h, 02 June
Using again with GR4 and let there be lead settings. It’s fun to play!